Date & Time: Mar 28, 1933 at 1425 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-AACI
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cologne - Brussels - London
MSN:
AW.363
YOM:
1928
Country:
Belgium
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
12
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
15
Captain / Total flying hours:
4000
Circumstances:
Christened 'City of Liverpool', the aircraft left Brussels-Haren Airport at 1336LT, delayed 30 minutes of schedule. It overflew Gent at 1400LT and was approaching Roeselare. While cruising at at a height of 4,300 feet and at a speed of 95 knots, the radio navigator informed ATC that all was OK on board. Few minutes later, a intense fire broke out in the cabin. Immediately, crew reduced his altitude to attempt an emergency landing but at a height of some 200 feet, the aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in an open field. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire and all 15 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Investigations revealed that no technical failure occurred on wings or engines. A quick and violent fire broke out in the cabin, maybe in a luggage or in the toilet compartment for reasons that could not be determined. The fire was very intensive as no one in the cabin was able to use the fire extinguisher. Investigators thought about a criminal act but Imperial Airways declared few months later that the responsibility of any of the passenger could not be proven.